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Getting newspapers into the hands of students through NIE

As someone who grew up reading newspapers, I simply cannot imagine not having a newspaper in the home. We got the Birmingham News, which was delivered in the afternoon and also the Tupelo Daily Journal that came by mail in the morning. The Monroe Journal places more than 950 papers in eight schools in Monroe […]

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The big scary world lurking outside of those four wallswalls

As simple as brick and mortar seem, there’s so much more to what four walls can do. If you’ve seen any of those survival challenge shows on the National Geographic channel, the warmth, shelter and security of what’s within four walls probably pops in your mind as a blessing. For the contestants eagerly braving the […]

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We’ve come a long way and have a long way to go

Two of the most, if not the two most, quotable speeches in American history – Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s “I Have a Dream…” – are both based on racial equality and measure time in scores, or 20 years at a time. Snippets of those speeches, like the Pledge of […]

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We can’t be silenced but can we be united?

Parisians with pens in their hands shouted out a message that the pen is mightier than the sword in the wake of last week’s tragedy at satirical French magazine, Charlie Hebdo. A couple of days after “France’s 9-11,” which kept the country on edge for three days and took the lives of 17 people, an […]

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Public schools require funds mandated in existing law

The Mississippi Legislature has failed abysmally in funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Fully funding the formula has happened just twice since its inception in 1997 and implementation in 2002. The Legislature’s political posturing has contravened the mandate to ensure that every Mississippi school has the minimum money necessary to perform at an adequate level. […]

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Bipartisan accomplishments in lead to new Congress

The 113th Congress ended the year and its term with a couple of important victories, many of which were long overdue. The “National Defense Authorization Act,” for example, provides an outline of America’s military priorities and national security interests. Its recent passage marked 53 consecutive years of bipartisan cooperation on America’s major defense policy. Like […]

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It’s never too early or too late to start talking about Christmas again

Even though Christmas is two weeks in the past and the tree and decorations are tucked away back in the attic, it already seems like forever ago. Even with a stray Christmas commercial occasionally still airing, it seems like ages before the holiday will return. In the days leading up to Christmas 2014, memories of […]

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Mississippi No. 2 on list of most-charitable states

By Sen. Roger Wicker The Christmas season is a wonderful time to help families in need. In fact, a large portion of charitable giving in America occurs during the month of December. Holiday programs throughout the country provide unique opportunities for Americans to share the gift of Christmas with others. Each year, my staff in […]

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Every year, every story is exactly the same

Out of who knows how many New Year’s Eves spent partying in one town or another, the story observed from people watching and overhearing conversations is always the same. There are the people shouting foul words describing the year that’s coming to an end and there are the people shouting words of excitement about the […]

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